Open Road Films has released a new trailer for Barry Levinson’s (Wag the Dog) upcoming comedy Rock the Kasbah. Written by Mitch Glazer (Magic City), the film stars Bill Murray as a washed-up rock manager who stumbles upon an opportunity to return to his former glory when his last remaining client ditches him in Afghanistan. There, he discovers an extraordinarily talented young woman who dreams of becoming the first female contestant on “Afgan Star”.
The film also stars Kate Hudson, Bruce Willis, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel and Scott Caan. Rock The Kasbah arrives in theaters October 23rd.
It looks like a solid good time. You can’t deny that Bill Murray charm, and he’s backed up by a fantastic cast of supporting actors. I love the idea of Danny McBride and Scott Caan as a hard-partying duo — Caan is rarely given the chance to be as funny as he’s proven he can be. Rock the Kasbah‘s got a unique setting, a fun plot, and an old-school mid-budget feel, and it’s always a joy to watch Murray do his thing.
Here’s the official Rock the Kasbah synopsis.
A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”